Meet the Team
Our practice team at Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry is what makes our office stand out. Every team member is a key part of our practice, and their unifying goal is to make every patient feel like the top priority.
Rachel – Registered Dental Hygienist / Hygiene Continuing Education Coordinator
As a Registered Dental Hygienist, Rachel works with patients to provide optimal care through periodontal maintenance therapy, oral cancer screenings, radio-graph evaluations, and education and explanation of dental implants and laser therapy treatment options. As the practice’s hygiene continuing education coordinator, she also oversees patient education for better periodontal care.
With over 12 years of experience in the dental field, her passion for the profession not only deals with patient care and education, but also within the hygiene community. As the practices patient education coordinator, quarterly continuing education lectures are held to bring awareness to new products, procedures, and techniques to elevate patient care.
Originally from Florida, Rachel now resides in Alexandria, VA where she enjoys time outdoors and with family.
Karla – Registered Dental Hygienist
As a Registered Dental Hygienist, Karla assists the doctors with routine periodontal maintenance, safeguarding patients’ gums and helping fight gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Lori – Dental Assistant
For Lori, a typical day at the office means setting up and braking down exam and operating rooms, assisting the doctors with surgery, and providing support to patients throughout their visit. She also helps ensure the practice stays compliant with OSHA, CDC, and ADA guidelines.
Lori was born in Napa Valley, raised in San Diego, CA, and now lives in Alexandria, VA. She decided to go into the dental profession after working part time for a dentist from the age of 15 during the school year and summers. She grew to love changing peoples smiles.
Lori remembers being a kid at the dentist and being given candy – yes, candy! – as a reward for good behavior. She says if she could change one thing about the dental industry, it would be the assumption of patients who are afraid of the dentist. “It doesn’t have to be that way, if the patient / doctor relationship is built on trust!”
Karen – Dental Assistant
As a dental assistant with 31 years working in the dental field, Karen is responsible for assisting the doctors with surgical procedures and ensuring that the day’s appointments flow smoothly by coordinating patients, hygienists, and doctors.
Originally from Jamaica in the West Indies, Karen moved to the US when she was 14 and has lived most of her adult life in Silver Spring, MD. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. She says she originally started in the profession because a job presented itself.
When she’s not making sure the workday runs smoothly, Karen can be found spending time with her college age son, whom she refers to as her biggest achievement. She enjoys watching documentaries and would like to someday visit the Holy Land and travel through Africa with her sister and niece.
Phi – Dental Assistant
Phi is responsible for many tasks on a daily basis, including sterilizing instruments and setting up trays, preparing patients, assisting the doctors during dental procedures, recording data in patient records, and assisting in dental emergencies.
When she’s not helping patients on their journey to a beautiful smile, Phi can be found out doors hiking or at the beach, or indoors playing billiards or bowling. She hopes someday to travel around the world and volunteer in third world countries to help the less fortunate.
Erica – Dental Assistant
Erica utilizes state-of-the-art technology to assist the doctors in providing excellent dental care to each patient. “With the technology we have today, we can ensure great oral health and Hollywood smiles!”
Erica grew up in Northern Virginia where she fulfilled her goals of a career in dentistry. Erica has a knack for music and incorporates music therapy to her chair-side care.
When not explaining dental technology to patients or assisting the doctors, Erica can be found playing a curated selection of music in DC’s top music venues. She also enjoys having brunch with her daughter over the weekend.
Kimberly – Receptionist & Insurance Coordinator
As one of our valued receptionists, Kimberly assists the patient’s with their appointments and helps the patient in any way she can which includes submitting their insurance claims. With over thirty years of experience in the industry she’s handled almost every conceivable dental emergency that could arise.
A Northern Virginia native, Kimberly currently resides in Fairfax, VA. Kimberly was introduced to dentistry was when she volunteered for her childhood dentist starting in high school. She assisted the dentist chair side as well as assisting with front desk duties. Kimberly continued her education at Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University and has achieved her Radiology Certification. She stays current with countless hours spent in dental study clubs, continuing education courses, and lectures.
When she’s not making patients feel at home, Kimberly is spending time with her husband, Richard, and their two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, antiquing, and spending time with family and lifelong friends here and in Asheville, North Carolina.
Rebekah – Treatment Coordinator
For treatment coordinator Rebekah, each day brings welcome challenges. She composes and presents treatment plans, coordinates with general practitioners for patient treatment, assists patients with scheduling arrangements, financing, understanding of insurance benefits and helps at the front desk as needed.
As a Northern Virginia native, Rebekah grew up around the dental industry. At the early age of 16, she got her start working in general dentistry helping with front office duties and later was trained to assist chair-side. After 9 years, Rebekah made the transition from general dentistry to Periodontal & Implant dentistry in 2004. Rebekah’s diverse experience and understanding of both the clinical and front desk aspects of the office allow her to educate and guide patients through their entire treatment process. “I find the role of treatment coordinator to be extremely rewarding. I enjoy having the opportunity to build relationships with patients from all walks of life and play a part in making a difference in their smiles through education and guidance.”
When she’s not coordinating patient treatment and presenting treatment plans, Rebekah is spending time with her husband, daughter and the family Doberman. She enjoys cooking, reading, traveling and hiking through the mountains.
Marian – Receptionist
As Receptionist, Marian is responsible for patient and treatment management, communications with referring doctors/offices, overseeing finances, bookkeeping, OSHA/HIPAA compliance, office administration, and insurance claim filing.
Born overseas, Marian grew up in sunny Palm Beach and now lives in Arlington, VA. She spent one year in college for Dental Hygiene followed by four years at Florida International University for a Bachelors Degree in Business Management.
When she’s not completing her duties with professional diligence, Marian enjoys spending time with friends – either in art museums, fishing at sea or scoping out the food scene. She dreams of traveling and photographing the world.
Chasantia – Scheduler
Chasantia is one of the first voices you will hear when you call our practice. She will help you make or change appointments. You will also receive a reminder call from her before your scheduled appointment. Chasantia is available to answer all your questions or connect you to the right team member.
Alexandra – Personal Assistant
As Dr. Zalewsky’s personal assistant, Alexandra says her job description is simple – keep the doctor’s stress levels down so he can focus on providing exceptional patient care. When at the front desk, Alexandra assists patients throughout the day any way she can – including scheduling, answering phone calls and answering any questions the patients may have. She also works as a link between the office and referring doctors by sending reports regarding patient care.
Alexandra earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from The George Washington University. While her background is not in dentistry, Alexandra has enjoyed working with the team at Precision Periodontics and learning about a new field.
When she’s not keeping an eye on Dr. Zalewsky’s schedule and coordinating his day, Alexandra enjoys hiking, playing music, and baking. She has an affection for learning and is constantly reading and researching new things to find transitory fascination with.